Daily Archives: April 26, 2014

Lone leopard dies in Sambalpur Deer Park

Likan, a 15-year-old male leopard, died inside the Deer Park mini zoo  in Sambalpur in Odisha  on  Saturday morning.

The lone big cat of the zoo had been rescued from the Redhakhol forest on February 4, 1999, when it was only two-month old.

Since then, it was a captive animal inside the zoo.

According to RCCF Sarat Chandra Acharya and DFO S Nayak, Likan had fallen ill two days ago and gave up food on Friday.

“The leopard was administered saline and kept under observation by the forest staff. However, it died in the early morning the next day. The death was due to old age”, they informed.

The leopard was later cremated inside the zoo premises after the post mortem.

Poor sanitation in Sambalpur hospital riles locals

Poor sanitation of the district headquarters hospital here has become a cause of concern for patients and locals as they feel it could lead to spread of infection.

“We are extremely worried because the stench affects us. The hospital authorities need to do something about it,” said Apurba Naik, 50, who is admitted to the orthopaedic ward.

Biranchi Majhi, an attendant of a patient, echoed similar sentiments. “The hospital premises should be clean. But the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to this aspect,” he said.

Sambalpur Bichar Manch, a social outfit, has threatened to launch a stir from May 2 if the issue is not addressed immediately. “Poor management and lack of initiative on part of hospital authorities have contributed to the unhygienic conditions,” said outfit’s convener Debasis Purohit.

Sources said the hospital produces nearly a quintal of general and biomedical waste every day. It does not have a waste management system. The biomedical waste is shifted to the waste treatment plant at VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla. But garbage dumped on the premises remains an eyesore.

Hospital manager Sudeep Dutta said, “We depend on municipality staff to clean it. On days when they do not show up it remains. But things have changed due to the administration’s efforts.”